How to light up the outdoor passage areas

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In order to light up the passage areas in your home’s outdoor, you should consider two major areas: those passage areas with structural elements such as boundary or façade walls; and those without such elements, like paths or tracks.

The most commonly used solutions to light up the garden whenever we have walls or structural elements are outdoor wall lamps, in the case of façades, and post lamps, especially when public lighting may be insufficient.

In less frequent passage areas, you will find it very useful to install lamps with presence detectors, such as wall lamps or projectors, and thus manage to save energy. In lighting, you will recognize these movement detector systems under the “PIR” abbreviation (Passive Infra Red).


For the lighting of passage and access areas like paths and tracks, the first thing you should consider is having sufficient light in order to ensure safe transit, protected against falls. These areas may be delimited with beacons or recessed lamps, using those with a higher power for the main tracks, and those with less intensity for secondary paths.

Areas with outdoor stairs can also be lit up with recessed lamps, which allow you to mark each step individually to avoid potential tripping.

When you plan the outdoor lighting of your home (either for a particular area or for the full project), the best would be to have a plan of the area to be lit up. Thus you can visually project all those areas which require lighting since they are a point of interest (passage areas, meeting, etc.); but also those zones in which you want to enhance any outdoor decorative elements (a tree, a fountain, a green area…). Finally, all luminaires should have a suitable Protection Rating based on the place where they are to be installed.

Here you can check out the IP’s for the different garden areas.



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